Jimmy Buffett

The Island Sounds Of Jimmy Buffett

Jimmy Buffett, born in 1946, is a famous singer and songwriter from Mobile, Alabama. He is well-known for his island escapism style of music and two of his most well-known hits are Margaritaville and Come Monday. The performer is successful outside of the music industry as well. He is a best-selling author and is involved in two major restaurant chains: Cheeseburger In Paradise and the Margaritaville Cafe.

The performer graduated from high school in 1964 and attended Auburn University, where he first began playing the guitar. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in history. It was around this time that he began in music career. He first recorded a country album in Nashville, Tennessee, entitled "Down to Earth" with Barnaby Records.

Soon after, he moved to Key West, where he got the inspiration for his popular musical style. He originally made his living from smuggling but began recording when he was offered $25,000 by ABC to record an album. He did not waste any time recording and within in the next five years started the Choral Reefer Band and released "A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean." This was followed by "A1A" (named after a Florida beach access road) and "Living and Dying in 3/4 Time, " which contained the hit he is best known for, "Margaritaville."

Jimmy describes his songs as mostly autobiographical and many of his lyrics depict his real life excursions, beliefs, and feelings. As one of his hit songs says, he really is "the son of the son of a sailor".

Jimmy Buffett still tours, but does not perform as frequently as he once did. He only performs about 20-30 tour dates per year and most of his shows sell out in minutes. His latest album, "Buffet Hotel, " is named after the Buffet Hotel a la Gare in Mali, West Africa.

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